What we do at Berkshire Youth charity

Berkshire Youth believes that every young person should have access to opportunities to develop skills and raise their aspirations. With local authority funding greatly reduced and activities for young people being lost as a direct result, it is more important than ever to invest in personal development opportunities for young people.

We offer bespoke leadership programmes for young people aged 11 to 25 which provide vital skills and qualifications that help young people fulfil their potential.

Throughout the course, participants are provided with opportunities and support to improve key skills, with a key focus on confidence, communication, planning, problem solving, resilience, team work and of course, leadership. We evidence this and the change in each individual through the data we collect throughout their journey.

All of our leadership qualifications sit on the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF). They are recognised as both meaningful and relevant by colleges, universities and employers. Meaning that it gives graduates of the leadership Academy a real ‘edge.’

The Academy isn’t just for the highly academic – due to the variety of levels and the combination of both theory and experiential learning, participants of all abilities and backgrounds can achieve. We’ve worked with a range of young people including those who excel academically, those who are more practically minded and students with Special Educational Needs. All of whom have thrived and achieved whilst being part of the academy. We’ve also found that the Leadership Academy creates links between schools, clubs and the community, especially where it brings together social groups that would not have had the chance to mix without the experience.

As part of the qualification, participants are encouraged to embed their learning through volunteering and/or social action projects. This gives participants the chance to utilise everything that they have learnt with a key focus on leading and team work, further their personal development and create greater ties within their local community. Post-graduates of the academy have undertaken volunteering roles such as mentoring with their schools or youth projects, whilst others have planned fundraisers or family fun days for the local area. This helps schools, youth groups and projects to create a positive image within their community, showcasing that their young people want to have an active part and make a positive difference.

For more information please contact us by email or phone 0118 909 0927.

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